Honoring a Culver hero
The Culver Elementary gymnasium was filled with community members on hand to pay tribute to recently-deceased former Culver Fire Chief Lance Overmyer Saturday morning, at a memorial service presided over by Fr. Jeff Largent (above, left), former pastor of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, as well as present pastor Fr. Tad Balinda.
Kenton Lord, Chaplain of the Indiana Firefighters Association, noted Overmyer served on Culver's fire department for 42 years as a firefighter, Captain, Secretary, and finally Chief, said Overmyer could never be replaced. Current Culver Chief Mike Grover described Overmyer's ongoing humor, even in the midst of difficult situations, and said the things he taught department members would stick with them. "He was a character," said Grover, "and he had a lot of character."
Joined by uniformed members of the department and surrounding departments, Lord and other representatives of the IDFA presented Overmyer's family a bible and grave marker (above, right), as Marshall County emergency dispatch interrupted its regular operations to officially announce over the airwaves that Overmyer had "completed his duty," even as Culver's fire whistle blew in honor of the former Chief, and bagpiper Kevin Foley began a solemn rendition of "Amazing Grace." The flag at Culver's fire station continued to fly at half-mast in memorial to Overmyer as well.